Christine Parizo, Space City 10 Miler

Why Run Out of the Box? Do You Do CrossFit?

This blog evolved from an obsession with subscription boxes; I started reviewing the beauty boxes but quickly found health and fitness subscription boxes and workout wear subscriptions. I started writing about running, health, strength training, and general fitness. That’s where my natural interests lie. I began posting product reviews and recipes. I also like to share bits of my journey, hoping that it inspires someone along the way.

But to answer the question, yes, I do CrossFit. (The first rule of CrossFit is, we must always talk about CrossFit! It’s like reverse Fight Club.) I did my first WOD at Reebok CrossFit One, and I immediately knew that I wanted to continue with CrossFit. I joined a box at the beginning of August 2015, and muscles I didn’t know I had started to hurt. But I love it: the 3, 2, 1…GO! before every WOD, the feeling of accomplishment when I PR a lift, knowing that I’m stronger today than yesterday.

Who’s Behind Run Out of the Box?

The short version: Mom. Wife. B2B technology copywriter. Runner. CrossFitter. Inflexible yogi. Cat “owner.” Latte addict. City girl. Californian by birth, Texan by choice. ACTION Personal Trainer.

I spent the first 33 years of my life being the anti-athlete. In high school, I was captain of the (cigarette) smoking team. (I quit smoking in college.) I went right from college to a series of sedentary desk jobs. I “dieted” (calorie counting, Slim Fast) and “exercised” (walking, DVDs) to keep my weight in check. For a while, before my son was born, I got very into yoga, and I was attending class twice a week and going for walk/runs. After he was born, I tried to revive my practice.

But things changed, as they often do.

In 2011, my second child, a daughter, was born. As I held her in the hospital, I knew a lot had to change in my life. I didn’t want her to see me counting calories and hating exercise and viewing it as a means to an end. I wanted her to see me living a healthy lifestyle. At the time, I was also making a huge, huge career shift (also so that I could be happy). So two weeks after she was born, we started going for walks around the neighborhood together, drinking in the warm spring air. I started eating more whole grains and leafy greens and less processed food. Six weeks after she was born, my doctor cleared me to exercise, and I started doing the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD (and following along with the plan). One day, I noticed indentations below my ribs.

So Then the Running Started

I started taking strength and conditioning classes, and that’s where I got the idea to start running. A bunch of the people there had finished the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race, and I thought that sounded like such a fun time. I completed my first Rugged Maniac in September 2012. In October 2012, I ran my first 5K, and in March 2014, I ran my first half marathon. In August 2015, looking for my next challenge, I signed up for CrossFit and haven’t looked back.

Today, I love training. I love running. I love half marathons. And I love lifting, which has kept me injury-free and made me feel strong. I can heft 40-pound bags of cat litter into my car and scoop up a wiggly toddler.

Apparently, I’m now an athlete. It’s an odd feeling to hear the announcement before a race, “Athletes, last call to line up,” and I’m standing in the corral, and they’re talking about me. Or to hear my CrossFit coach talk about the athletes at the box and realize that I’m now one of them.


Obligatory Disclaimer

Of course, this means I have to give you the obligatory disclaimer: If you try anything on this blog, whether it’s a recipe, training plan, or workout, you’re also holding me harmless for anything that happens. Consider this your waiver and warning: You, the reader, being aware of your own health and physical condition, and having knowledge that participating in any exercise program or diet may be injurious to your health, are voluntarily participating in the exercise and recipes on this blog. You’ve consulted with a medical professional before starting a diet or exercise regimen.
Having such knowledge, you hereby release Christine Parizo, Christine Parizo Communications, Inc., and Run Out of the Box, their representatives, agents, and successors from liability for accidental injury or illness which may incur as a result of participating in the said physical activity or consuming said food.  You hereby assume all risks connected therewith and consent to participate in said program.